People in San Salvador still tune in to Radio YSAX to listen to Blessed Oscar Romero’s homilies, just as they did over 30 years ago.
“I listen to this radio station in Romero’s honour, because it is the one he used,” Karen Larin, a radio listener, told Catholic News Service. “Hearing his voice is great; it’s as if he were here, talking with us.”
From the 1970s until his assassination in March 1980, Blessed Romero used the radio station YSAX to inform Salvadorans and the international community of the horrors of El Salvador’s civil war. In a time when public media was self-censoring, Radio YSAX served as a spiritual guide as well as a news broadcast.
“Oscar Romero collected notes from his listeners and then disclosed when and where human rights were being violated,” Fr Edwin Henriquez, director of the radio, told Catholic News Service.
“Without the radio, there would be no Archbishop Romero,” Fr Henriquez said. “We wouldn’t know the truth of what was happening at the time, and he wouldn’t have been able to tell the world about the crimes committed against humanity here.”
Picture: A photo of Blessed Oscar Romero is displayed as a YSAX radio volunteer works in the studio on 9th December in San Salvador, El Salvador. In San Salvador’s traffic jams or at work, people turn on radio YSAX to listen to Blessed Romero’s homilies, just as they did over 30 years ago. (CNS photo/Melissa Vida).